Score: A.S Roma 3 Inter Milan 1 FT
-San Siro, Milan
Following Roma’s victory against Torino in Serie A last Sunday and Thursday’s Europa league loss to Villarreal Roma would resume Serie A action in one of the biggest matches of their season they would continue their Serie A Crusade with their 26th match of their league campaign to take on 4th place Inter Milan in Milan. As Roma would look for their 2nd win against the Milan giants after beating them in Roma earlier this season there was a lot to play for both teams. Roma had a chance to close the gap on Juventus and Inter would make a chance to continue to fight for Europe. It was a game all football fans alike were looking forward to they would not be disappointed the game kicked off. It wouldn’t take very long to see some action Raja Nainggolan would score in the first 15 minutes with an amazing world class strike to give the Romans the early lead. Roma would hold on to the slim lead going in to the half than in the second half Raja would score an absolutely stunning strike to double the lead. Inter would get one back late with a Marco Icardi goal just a few minutes before Diego Perotti was given a Penalty and scored to give Roma a massive 3-1 win against a very good team completing the sweep of Inter Milan.
Other the last few weeks their hasn’t been any real big news but this week Roma got some massive news along with some small stories but the big news coming in this week. The architect working on proposed new stadium “Stadio Della Roma” has now been given Permission to go ahead with the new stadium American Architect Dan Meis, has designed Roma’s new British style 52,500 Stadio Della Rome stadium where the fans will be closer to the ground .The state-of-the-art stadium had been due to open for the start of this season but hit heavy delays after building work waited on approval from city chiefs. However they have finally got the green light to go ahead with the project a massive moment for the club. Also it was revealed this week that the club plan to increase the wag of Belgium winger Raja Nainggolan as well as a few more transfer rumors in the news. Roma have expressed interest in Chelsea center back Kurt Zouma as a possible replacement for departing Kosta Manolas the French international will make a decision over his future over the summer Roma is likely to be a possible suitor for him he could make a big impact on their defence . Also Arsenal have joined Juventus for Sassuolo scarlet Lorenzo Pellegrini however Roma have a € 10 million buy back clause for the former Roma academy product which would mean Arsenal and Juventus would miss out on the midfielder also the last piece of news this week was regarding Wojciech Szczesny who has issued a warning to Arsenal saying that his pending future with either Roma or Arsenal will depend on whether or not he is getting first team football I will give you more information as the story develops. Roma boss Luciano Spalletti would rest a big majority of their players in last Thursday’s Europa League tie against Villarreal. After resting a lot of their starters it would look like the Roma team we are all familiar with. They would lineup with a 3-4-2-1 formation not a real surprise there. In goal as usual would be Wojciech Szczesny the Polish international leads Serie A with 11 clean sheets this season he has really stepped it up this season the Arsenal Loanee has impressed Spalletti it’s possible that he will be bought outright over the summer he’s done enough for a Permanent move. The back three would stay very similar to how they have lineup up the last few weeks. At left-back it would be the soon to be Inter player Kosta Manolas who scored the winning goal in the first meeting than at the Right-back spot would the German Antione Rudiger and as always deploying the center would be Fazio playing as the teams center back. In front of the defense would be the defensive midfield. Playing the left wingback would be Juan Jesus the former Inter Milan player would get a chance at his former club he would replace Emerson as he is the usual LWB Juan would be making his first midfield appearance this season as he normally used as a defender . In the center of the defensive midfield would be the veteran pair of Kevin Strootman and Danielle De Rossi controlling the middle. Than on the outside as the other wingback would be the Brazilian; Bruno Peres in the RWB role. Than in front of the defensive midfield would be Roma’s most important asset their dangerous attack. Their attacking midfield would be made up of two fantastic world class midfielders on the left side would be the INTER KILLER the Brilliant Belgium Raja Nainggolan Serie A’s best player who has 4 goals against Inter Milan he is a proven scorer when he plays against them. Than on the right side would be the Egyptian Mouhamed Salah who has been world class since his return to the side. Than finally last but not least the BIG BOSNIAN the RED HOT Edin Dzeko who is on the top of SERIE A’s score charts with 19 goals the striker has 29 goals in total this season. It was always going to take a good team to take them down but this Roma side has what it takes.
A match that has been circled on the Calendars of many Italian football fans. The day has arrived it would be 2nd place Roma taking a trip down to Milan to face off against a RED HOT Inter Team that has thrived very well under former Lazio boss Stefano Pioli a team that wasn’t even in stiffing distance of Europe before he took over he has lead them up the table within striking distance of the European places Inter Milan would welcome the Giallorossi to the San Siro for the second meeting between the two teams this season. Roma would be looking to make it 2 out of 2 against Inter for the first time in many years. It would be a game that would hold big importance for both teams with Juventus’s title nearly in the bag but Napoli lost at the hands of Atalanta whom Roma play next week their loss would give Roma a chance to increase the distance between Roma and Napoli. On the other hand a win for Inter would put them back in European places but a loss for Inter would be very costly. An Inter loss would take them 2 points back of 4th with having to play Atalanta in two weeks if they were to lose this game and to Atalanta it could kill their European dream. Inter lost to Roma 2-1 back in October in Rome at the Stadio Olimpico a place when Roma don’t lose. However this game is a little bit different because Roma are not the best team away from their ground all of their loses have come away from home which is what makes this game interesting. I would say that Roma go into this game was slight favorites but only slightly. Roma have won 7 out of 8 games in the league and Inter have won their last 7 games at home. In Roma’s last match we saw Dzeko take on Bellotti we would have another big time match up at the striker position it would be Roma’s Edin Dzeko the league’s top scorer (19goals) vs Inter’s Marco Icardi the leagues #4 scorer with 15 goals. They are two of the best strikers in the league should be a cracking match up. The midfield match up there would be Roma’s Raja Nainggolan vs Inter’s Ivan Persisc as well as many others. After weeks of preparation it was time to get this Sunday Night Football game underway.
Roma despite their struggles on the road started off very well it was clear from the beginning of the match that their tactics were right from the very beginning I thought that leaving Emerson out of the staring lineup was a mistake but Spalletti made the right call. They were in clear control from the start it only took a few minutes for Roma to make they presence known Roma were nearly in in the first ten minutes. Daniele de Rossi stole the ball from the Inter defense in a dangerous area the midfielder would than give a quick pass to Dzeko than Dzeko sent a through ball to Mouhamed Salah into the box Salah would take the shot on his first touch but it would be was saved by the keeper. A wonderful scoring chance by the Romans as inter looked very sloppy in the game as they allowed De Rossi to pick off the ball and created a chance fairly quickly. Not the way Inter Milan wanted to start this game. Salah would have another chance less than a minute later when Rudiger sent him a ball from the outside but Inter got in the way of the shot from the early portions of the game Inter looked very flat early on. Roma looked in great form after two solid chances the Giallorossi wouldn’t have to wait very long to take advance of their opportunity in the 12th minute the moment arrived Edin Dzeko dribbling the ball in the middle of the pitch nearing Inter’s danger would sent a well time pass down the wing where Raja Nainggolan AKA “The Inter Killer” received the through ball from the BIG BOSINAN and took it in the outside corner of the box and fired an absolute belter in the top right corner given the keeper no chance to give Roma the 1-0 lead in Milan as the away support exploded with excitement while the Milan faithful was shell-shocked. an absolute incredible world class long range strike it would be Raja Nainggolan’s 10th goal of the season he continues to show why he is the best midfielder in Italy. Roma continued to push on a few deflections bailed Inter out on multiple occasions. This Inter team didn’t seem to be up for the challenge they were completely useless for a big part of the first half Roma were dragging them up and down the field. Roma have more quality but Inter shouldn’t be this poor; to me the tactics were completely wrong for this game the left some key players on the bench and the formation was out of whack. They changed their formation from their last game it was an unwise decision they thought that using the same formation as roma to counter them would give them more of an attack but they lacked numbers in the back they also had a height disadvantage it showed on the pitch they seemed unprepared for their challengers. Salah would get in position again but the Egyptian would waste his chance Inter once again got luck on their side. However the Roman attack was proven to be a legitimate threat. Near the end of the first half Dzeko got a great look from instead the box but his shot was saved by the keeper. At this point inter hadn’t even had a shot of any kind It continued to be all Roma. Than with three minutes left before the break Marcelo Brozovic sent in a ball to Icardi but his header misfired. Than right before the end of the half Raja Nainggolan tried for his second but his powerful shot from outside the box was off target. After the first 45 minutes concluded Roma had the 1-0 lead over Inter Milan thanks to Raja Nainggolan’s superb strike.
Inter had a lot to change going into the 2nd half as Roma has blown by them with no difficulty. Spalletti would make no changes going into the second half as they showed their dominance early they would be no reason to rock the boat. Inter also didn’t make any changes which I found odd. Inter Milan was starting to get back in this game with Antonio Candreva threatening Szcz?sny and Roma but his short from inside the box was saved. Not long after Inter went to the bench to try to improve the quality on the pitch. Eder would come on for Marcelo Brozovic I think brining Eder on was the right choice but I thought that Brozovic being taken off was not the right choice. Perisic would get a massive chance again for Inter with a bullet pass from the center Perisic would take a shot from inside the box but Szcz?sny would get to it once again. Inter Milan was starting to look a little better but just as they were getting back on the right track they were hit with a bad dream turned nightmare. As Raja Nainggolan would morph into vintage Cristiano Ronaldo to score one of the best goals you will see all season in any league in the 56th minute it happened. Inter while in an attacking position tried to cross the ball into the box but was kick out by Bruno Peres. Raja Nainggolan would receive the ball from right outside of Roma’s box the Belgium International would take the ball and run with it leaving the defenders in the dust he would continue to dribble with a ton of space to work with he past the half way line he would just keep going and going he would take it near Inter’s box and Raja would fire the shot from just outside the box and the Belgium international would fire a bullet smashing it in the back of the next to pull off a world class strike to make it 2-0 . He looked like old school Manchester United Ronaldo on the play the goal was beyond world class it would be Raja’s 10th goal of the season and his second of the game. Raja also now has 6 goals against Inter Milan no keeper on earth would have saved his shot. Just as Inter was starting to get things moving they get hit with this. The mood at the San Siro became quite gloomy as Roma fans continued their celebrations. Antonio Candreva would continue to try to give Inter some hope he got in good position but would try to shoot at a tough angle and he would miss. Inter would get going as they got two legitimate chances Geoffrey Kondogbia long ranger missing to the left and Icardi would try to head it home from a Antonio Candreva the Inter attack was picking up the speed but they had a mountain to climb and not a lot of time to do it. Spalletti would go to his bench and bring in Diego Perotti for Mouhamed Salah. A solid switch Perotti is a very good player that can play the same role. Perotti made his impact pretty quickly as he would send a very good cross into Dzeko but the header missed. Than with 30 minutes to go Raja Nainggolan won a free kick in attacking position De Rossi would take sending a cross into Manolas who met it with his head but would misfire. Icardi than gave Inter Milan a glimmer of hope in the 81st minute D’Ambbrosio would give a through ball near the edge of the sideline to Perisic who then passed it to Icardi who slid to put it in the back of the net nothing Szcz?sny could have done about it with the goal he would make it 2-1 It would be Icardi’s 16th goal of the season. Than in the 85th minute Inter would face another blunder Dzeko would receive a cross coming from the center of the pitch while Dzeko was chasing down the ball Dzeko was tackled in the box and the referee would give the penalty. Penalty Specialist Diego Perotti would step up to take the penalty and he would bury it in the bottom corner to give Roma the 3-1 it would be Diego Perotti’s 8th goal of the season as it would prove to be the nail in the coffin. As Roma would take all three points back with them as Inter leave the ground in disappointment.
After the win it takes Roma to 59Pts still a seven points off Juventus but they did increase their lead on 2nd place Napoli to 5 points. The Dzeko vs Icardi never really materialized as their teammates starred for their teams as Candreva was Inter’s bright spot and Raja starred for Roma. They follow this game up with a Derby Della Capatiale 1st leg Semi Final in the Coppa Itiala. We will see Passion Hatred and violence, next Saturday they will take on 2nd Place Napoli in Serie A with the possibility of stealing the last automatic champions league spot for good. They follow that up with the 1st Leg of the Europa League Round Of 16 match against Lyon in France the following Thursday a lot of big matches for Roma upcoming but this was a very important result this was massive for both teams. Roma will be playing champions league football next season but they might have just killed Inter’s chance of Europe next season.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Raja Nainggolan
NEXT IN SERIE A: vs Napoli March 4th 2017
NEXT IN COPPA ITILA: Semi Final first Leg vs Lazio Thursday 28th 2017
NEXT IN EUROPA: @Lyon Round Of 16 March 9th Thursday 2017
BY THE NUMBERS
On Target: 5
Passing Accuracy: 72%
On Target: 4
Passing Accuracy: 76%
TOP OF THE TABLE
1. Juventus 22-0-4 66Pts
2. A.S Roma 19-2-5 59Pts
3. Napoli 16-6-4 54Pts
4. S.S Lazio 16-3-7 51Pts
5. Inter Milan 15-5-6 50Pts
BOTTOM OF TABLE:
16. Genoa 6-8-12 26Pts
17. Empoli 5-7-14 22Pts
18. Palermo 3-6-17 15Pts
19. Crotone 3-4-19 13Pts
20. Pescara 2-6-18 12Pts